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Montana Senator Comes Under Fire For Plagiarism Allegations  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:56:12 -0400
Sen. John Walsh of Montana was appointed to his seat, and he's preparing to face voters for the first time. The Democrat's bid will be complicated by plagiarism allegations. 
DOJ Reaches Agreement For Oversight Of Albuquerque PD  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:29:00 -0400
The deal follows a Justice Department report released in April that showed the city's police used excessive force in dealing with many suspects. 
Who Are The Kids Of The Migrant Crisis?  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:21:00 -0400
Many kids and teenagers leave Central America to avoid climbing levels of gang violence, extortion and drug trafficking. Sometimes, it's to find their families. 
The Death Clerk, And Other Details Of Last-Minute Execution Appeals  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:12:54 -0400
An hour into Wednesday's botched execution in Arizona, an attorney for the inmate reached out to Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy seeking his intervention. How do such appeals work? And how often do they happen? 
Botched Ariz. Execution Renews Unease Over Lethal Injections  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:12:54 -0400
Activists against the death penalty are seizing on a botched execution in Arizona Wednesday. Witnesses say that death row inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood gasped for air, taking nearly two hours to die by lethal injection. 
Central American Leaders: Immigrant Children Are A Shared Problem  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:12:54 -0400
The presidents of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras are offering their take on the mounting numbers of unaccompanied children entering the U.S. from Central America. They're talking to reporters on the day before a meeting with President Obama. 
Medic First Refused His Silver Star — Then, 4 Decades Later, Accepted  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:12:00 -0400
Army Pvt. Rob Jackson refused to accept a Silver Star for his service in the Vietnam War, uncomfortable receiving any awards after his comrades died in battle. Now, after more than four decades, he has changed his mind, accepting his Silver Star Thursday. He talks with Audie Cornish about his decision. 
Sen. Ryan Unveils His Anti-Poverty Plan, A Rebuke To LBJ Programs  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:12:00 -0400
The Wisconsin Republican is rolling out a plan that he says will fight poverty more effectively than the programs launched by former President Johnson's War on Poverty, but progressives are skeptical. 
U.S. Teens Still Lag In Getting Vaccinated Against HPV  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:02:00 -0400
Eight years after the FDA approved the first vaccine against HPV, only 57 percent of female teens and 35 percent of male teens have been inoculated, the CDC says. Are doctors partly to blame? 
4 Theories About Why Wal-Mart Changed Its U.S. Chief  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:33:00 -0400
Wal-Mart, the nation's biggest company, affects the lives of millions of workers and shoppers. So its U.S. leadership change is attracting lots of interest. Here are some theories about what happened. 
U.S.: Russia-Based Artillery Targeting Ukrainian Troops  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:46:00 -0400
The State Department says it has evidence that Moscow is lobbing artillery across its border at Ukrainian government forces, and that the Kremlin plans to ship rocket artillery to the rebels. 
Hot Prisons Could Be Deadly For U.S. Inmates, Advocates Warn  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:33:00 -0400
Un-air-conditioned jails and prisons are often uncomfortable for both prisoners and for guards. But for inmates whose health conditions make them sensitive to the heat, they pose serious health risks. 
Racially-Charged Casting Call: 'Surprising' But Not Shocking To Insiders  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:17:48 -0400
A casting call asked for attractive light-skinned women of any race but black women who looked "poor" and "not in good shape." A panel of industry insiders weighs in. 
Effective New HIV Treatment Makes Researcher 'Hopeful' In Fighting Epidemic  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:17:08 -0400
The 20th annual International AIDS Conference is currently being held in Australia. Host Michel Martin speaks with AIDS researcher Dr. Anthony Fauci about the news coming out of the conference. 
European Court Rules Against Poland In CIA 'Black Sites' Case  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:08:00 -0400
The European Court of Human Rights said Poland broke the European human rights convention by allowing the CIA to imprison and torture two terrorism suspects in secret prisons on its soil.